Ashley Young says Manchester United are determined to put Cardiff City to the sword and bring the fear factor back to Old Trafford.
While the Theatre of Dreams is historically a fortress, the Reds have lost five home games this season and most recently exited the Capital One Cup following a dramatic penalty shoot-out defeat to Sunderland, albeit after a 2-1 second leg win in extra-time.
In an exclusive interview with United Review, the official matchday programme, Young explains why United must get off to good start and score an early goal to ease any unwanted nerves inside the stadium.
"It would lift everyone and that's our aim," he explains. "That's always the way we want to play – we always want to attack, especially at Old Trafford. We want to have lots of possession, create chances and put teams on the back foot and that's what we need to do from the first whistle tonight."
Asked if the fear factor has left Old Trafford, Young replies: "I'm not sure it's totally gone, but obviously a few teams have come here and taken points off us which is something the players, the staff and fans aren't used to. We don't want that to continue. We want teams to come here and fear us. Hopefully, after the first few minutes tonight, Cardiff won't know what's hit them!"
This season, United's match-going fans have been praised for their backing of the team and Young, who has been known to sit with the supporters while injured, has a message of thanks for the Red Army.
"I'd just say keep the belief," the England international states. "The support they've given us, home and away, has been fantastic. Everyone knows things haven't gone as well as we all would have liked, but the fans have always been behind us, from the first whistle until the last. We're very grateful for that support and my message to them would just be to stick with us and we'll do everything we can to repay their unbelievable support."